GLOOMY winter nights have been brightened in Old Town and Eastcott with a huge illuminated art gallery.

The Window Wanderland, which finished tonight, has seen homes and businesses in more than 150 streets with decorated windows.

One homeowner living on Prospect Hill decided to decorate her window with the words “be kind always.”

Tracy White, 47, said: “Mental health is a major talking point at the moment, especially after Caroline Flack’s death. I just thought I would do something simple focusing towards mental heath.

“Last year we chose to put the words choose love, I love the idea it’s such a lovely concept it’s a great way for the community to come together.”

Her neighbour had gone for something different and decorated their window with fairies.

Toby Robson, 49, said: “I have a daughter Polly who is five and is fairy obsessed and we wanted it to be simple so she could get involved.

“We used different colours to go behind them so it looks good. It’s fantastic and lovely, hats off to the community group to get the area involved in something different.”

The window of Rays Ice Cream in Devizes Road featured cows and rainbows.

People living in Eastcott Hill had a street full of colour with flowers, butterflies and balloons.

Kim Fuggle, 28, went for a decoration of a house with balloons attached to it, she said: “We looked online and I saw the balloons and I thought it would be a good idea.

“I moved here recently and I thought it was a really nice idea, something to do together. It doesn’t take a lot of effort but it’s a nice way of showing you’re engaged, I hope it makes people smile.”

Opposite Kim was a neighbour who had worked with her granddaughter to brighten up her window.

Alison Onslow told the Adver: “My four-year-old granddaughter wanted to be involved, I’m really pleased with how it turned out.

“I saw it last year and since then I’ve retired so I wanted to get involved now I have the time. Hopefully people walking round will enjoy it, I think it’s wonderful.”

Anish Harrison, the events co-ordinator for the Eastcott Community Organisation, said: “It’s taken off in Europe and America now and a local resident brought it to our attention in 2018.

“Eastcott is all about community and we thought it would be a great thing to do.”